In 2012, the British Museum will stage a major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Visitors to the exhibition will delve into London 1612 to see it as it was 400 years ago: an emerging international city where theatregoers jostled one another daily at open-air performances of the latest play by William Shakespeare.

The exhibition, supported by BP, will be brought to life through objects, quotes from Shakespeare and performance. Objects include a stunning range of important paintings, rare jewels, original manuscripts and other items linked to Shakespeare’s plays.